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2017 Jaguar F-Pace in grueling tests

By Bob Nagy on July 30, 2015 11:32 AM

Following its surprise appearance during the Tour de France bicycle race as a support vehicle for Team Sky, Jaguar has released a series of new images of its upcoming 2017 F-Pace that debuts in September at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The photos show prototypes of its first-ever "sports crossover" being subjected to at-the-limit floggings under extreme climate conditions in what the company says was one of the most demanding test programs it has ever devised. 

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While offering no new tech data on this 5-passenger midsize crossover SUV, Jaguar's hot weather workouts came in Dubai where temperatures can top 122 degrees Fahrenheit and those inside the cabin of a parked vehicle can exceed 158 degrees. This environment tests the limits of everything from the cooling system to the infotainment screens. At the other end of the spectrum, the F-Pace spent time at Jaguar's winter test site in Arjeplog, Sweden, less than 100 miles from the Arctic Circle. There, on 37.3 miles of handling, climbing and mixed-friction courses, the F-Pace's Dynamic Stability Control, All-Surface Progress Control and other systems were optimized to deal with any type of road condition. Finally, validation testing for the new F-Pace included driving it over gravel-surfaced mountain passes, all with the intent of ensuring the vehicle will possess exceptional capability. 

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"We developed the F-Pace to offer the ride, handling and refinement demanded from a Jaguar car, together with new levels of ability and composure on a variety of surfaces and weather conditions," said, Andrew Whyman, Vehicle Program Director. "We've exhaustively tested the F-Pace in the most challenging conditions to ensure that it will exceed the expectations of our customers around the world."

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